South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied wrongdoing in testimony to a parliamentary panel examining whether he should face impeachment over an alleged cover-up of a heist at his farmhouse, his office said.
In written answers provided to the independent panel on Sunday, Ramaphosa “categorically denies that he violated this oath in any way, and denies that he is guilty of any of the allegations made against him,” the presidency said on Monday.
The scandal erupted in June after South Africa’s former national spy boss filed a complaint with the police alleging that robbers broke into PhalaPhala, the president’s farm in the northeast of the country, and stole $4m in cash stashed in furniture.
The complaint alleged that Ramaphosa hid the robbery from the authorities and instead organised for the robbers to be kidnapped and bribed into silence.
The scandal risks derailing Ramaphosa’s bid for a second term as president of the African National Congress (ANC) as the ruling party heads to hotly contested internal polls in December.
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